The Quakers got their season started on the right foot last week by knocking off the visiting UConn Huskies, 174-125. Penn won 11 of the first 15 events of the day to clinch the victory, then swam the final race, the 400 Freestyle Relay, as an exhibition. Prior to that, the Red and Blue had been dominant. A group of four freshmen - Lauren Church, Catherine Yee, Rachel Astles and Emily Baturka - won the 200 Medley Relay in their first-ever collegiate race. That was followed by two wins each from Church (100 and 200 Backstroke), Shelby Fortin (100 and 1000 Freestyle), Melissa Parratto (200 Fly and 200 IM) and Sydney Stinner (200 and 500 Freestyle). Baturka (50 Freestyle) and Taylor Sneed (100 Fly) added one win apiece as well.
Cornell joined Penn in opening its season last week, but lost both halves of an Ivy League tri-meet to Harvard (186-109) and Dartmouth (157-143). Junior Bianca Herlitz-Ferguson bested the field in the 3-meter diving competition and freshman Jenna Immormino took home titles in both the 50 and 100 Freestyle for the Big Red. Sophomore Meredith Drummond set three school records at last year's Ivy League Championships and will also play a critical role for the visitors from Ithaca.
Princeton was in action last weekend in two-day event at its home pool, but didn't keep official scores. The Tigers performed well against opposition from Fordham, Georgetown, Lehigh and TCNJ and look to keep things going as they officially begin their season. Sophomore Lisa Boyce was last season's Ivy League champion in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke. On the diving side of things, the Tigers graduated last year's 1-meter champion, but return a pair of juniors, Randi Brown and Rachel Zambrowicz, who each placed in the top eight of the 1- and 3-meter finals.
Following Friday's action, the Quakers will travel to Ohio for Kenyon College's Total Performance Invitational from Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Following that three-day event, one that the Red and Blue have won for three consecutive years, Penn returns home for one final meet before the winter break when they take on the Columbia Lions at Sheerr Pool on Dec.7. That meet will have a 4 p.m. start time.